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September 25, 2018
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First News: The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire has burned more than 133,000 acres. (listen)
(KSFR) - The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire near the Gila National Forest has grown to over 133,000 acres. That's just some 20,000 acres less than last year's devastating Las Conchas Fire, the largest in New Mexico's history. More than 1100 firefighting personnel are on scene with five injuries reported. Winds are calmer than in previous days but humidity readings remain very low and have hampered all containment efforts. Crews have been successful, however, in starting backfires that have slowed the fire's progress. The now more than 190 square-mile blaze was ignited by lightning strikes two weeks ago.

New Mexicans driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe could see delays on La Bajada Hill, beginning tonight. The state transportation department is working on pavement on a mile-long stretch of a northbound lane of the interstate. Delays will be likely between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. as northbound traffic is funneled to one lane.

It's been a busy year for burglars in Santa Fe. Police say burglars are taking advantage of the schedules homeowners keep and breaking in when they are consistently away. So far this year, police records show there have been 286 break-ins compared with 187 last year. This year's number is greater than the record 218 reported in 2010.

A committee of the U.S. Senate is discussing whether to restore the funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory that was zeroed-out in earlier budget discussions. The committee wants to restore about $150 million in spending for a controversial plutonium building. It would be a site for research and also for making triggers for nuclear weapons. The committee would require that the facility be completed earlier than planned and cost less than current estimates call for.

Santa Fe sees a public meeting tonight on the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau's proposed changes to the state's water quality standards. Focus is on the Santa Fe River and Nichols and McClure reservoirs, all part of the city's water supply systems. Nichols and McClure are currently classified as streams and that would be changed to official reservoir status. Another change would create a new segment for the river from Nichols Reservoir to San Isidro crossing, to support a constant flow in the river. The meeting begins at 5:30 at the Santa Fe Main Library on Washington Avenue.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and warm for the next few days. Highs in the low 80s with overnight lows in the upper 40s. A very slight chance for some precipitation arrives at the end of the week.
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